National tourist sites in Ghana

Seven national tourist sites in Ghana, these attractions are managed by the Ghana Tourism Authority or its affiliate partners. 

Over the years, Ghana has become a hotcake destination for travel and tourism. This has led the government of Ghana to revamp some of the tourist sites in the country.

Located in West Africa, Ghana is one of the 54 countries on the African continent. The West African country offers a wide range of experiences to tourists, both locals and foreigners.

Ghana is made up of 16 regions; each region has its own unique tourist attractions. These regions are further divided into the northern and southern parts of Ghana. However, Accra is the capital of Ghana.

Let’s start this video off at Kakum National Park.

Kakum National Park is one of the most visited national tourist sites in Ghana. Located in Assin Attandanso, in the Central region. It has a 333-meter-long canopy walkway suspended up to 27 meters above the forest floor from trees that are over 300 years old.

The canopy walkway is not the only activity you can experience at Kakum National Park. You also get to see mammals like forest elephants, leopards, bongos, bushbucks, and many primates. 

It is also a hot spot for bird watchers, with over 300 species, including eight species of global conservation concern. Also, more than 600 butterfly species have been recorded.

The Kakum forest also has wildlife, which can be seen at night with the help of professional guides. This national site is friendly to both adults and kids.

A nearby spot is Cape Coast Castle. This building contains the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A guided tour of the Cape Coast Castle will acquaint you with its many interesting features, including Dalzel Tower, the slave dungeons, and the cannons and mortars used in the castle’s defense.

This national tourist site also houses the West African Historical Museum. Objects found in the museum include ceremonial drums, old muskets, shackles from the slave trade, and ancient pottery.

Let’s head to the northern part of Ghana, where the Paga Crocodile Pond is located. This tourist attraction is located in Paga, in the Upper East region of Ghana. It is less than an hour’s journey from Bolgatanga, the regional capital. 

The Paga Crocodile Pond contains over 200 crocodiles, and their friendliness has led to their popularity in Ghana. It is believed that the crocodiles are rooted in the ancestors of the people of Paga.

Another nearby attraction is the Pikworo Slave Camp. It was originally developed as a slave transit center where slaves were auctioned and later resold at the Salaga Slave Market. On a visit to this place, one may see the eating bowls of the slaves. These are man-made scoops in the rocks. The larger the size of the scoop, the higher the number of slaves to eat from the scoop.

Returning from Paga, Mole National Park would be a fantastic place to visit. Mole National Park is the largest and most prestigiously protected area in Ghana. Located in the Savannah region, this national tourist site is the largest wildlife refuge.

Some of the large and commonly seen mammals include elephants, leopards, buffaloes, baboons, lions, hyenas, genets, and civets. There are also more than 300 bird species and 33 identified reptile species. Its entrance is near the town of Larabanga.

Exiting northern Ghana, let’s go to the Volta region, where Mount Afadja is located. Mount Afadja is one of the most visited tourist sites in the Volta region, welcoming thousands of visitors from around the globe annually. This mountain stands at 885 meters and is located in the Agumatsa range near the villages of Gbledi and Liati Wote. Nearby the mountain are Tagbo Falls and Wli Falls, which are considered tourist attractions.

For our final destination, we are going to visit Nzulezu Village. Nzulezu Village is a unique place in Ghana. This community is built on stilts in Lake Tadane.

The serene ambiance of the surrounding landscape, coupled with the general activities of life on stilts, points to a dynamic relationship between man and nature. 

More birds and monkeys are seen on the canoe trip to Nzulezu during the rainy season. According to tradition, the ancestors of the village were brought to their resentful place by a snail.

There’s so much to see in Ghana. Probably, I will have to do Part 2. Let me know where your favorite place is in the comment section. Join the VisitBolga family by subscribing to our YouTube channel and turning on the notification bell icon. 

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